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Eddy’s Kingdom – Hot Docs 2020

“Canada’s First Terrorist” tells his side of the story in Eddy’s Kingdom. Eddy Haymour immigrated to Canada from Lebanon in the 1950s and found success as an entrepreneur. Acquiring Rattlesnake Island in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Eddy’s ultimate dream was to open a theme park called Moroccan Shadou. However, Eddy was accused of […]

Shoot to Marry – Canadian Film Fest 2020

A lonely and heartbroken man uses the filming of a documentary to meet women in Shoot to Marry. Steve Markle is a middle-aged man, who becomes extremely heartbroken when his longtime girlfriend Amy breaks up with him after he proposes to her during Christmas. Desperate to meet the true love of his life, Steve begins […]

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Clapboard Jungle – Canadian Film Fest 2020

Full Disclosure: I have personally known Justin McConnell since 2012 and I was an Indiegogo contributor for this documentary Filmmaker Justin McConnell uses his own experiences as a jumping-off point for a discussion on how the independent film business works in Clapboard Jungle. It has been Justin McConnell’s dream of breaking into the film business since […]

Hazy Little Thing – Canadian Film Fest 2020

Friends of a writer suffering from depression stage an intervention in the form of a surprise birthday gathering in Hazy Little Thing. Billie (Erin Margurite Carter) is the author of a semi-autobiographical novel, who has been suffering from writer’s block and depression alone at her large house. After making a troublesome social media post suggesting a […]

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#Blessed – Hot Docs 2020

An evangelical church in Toronto develops a connection with millennials in #Blessed. C3 is an Evangelical church that began in Australia and has grown to 500 churches around the world. The Toronto branch of C3 was formed by Pastor Sam and his wife Jenn in 2013 and over the last number of years the congregation has […]

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Stateless – Hot Docs 2020

Winner—Hot Docs Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature Documentary Those of Haitian descent within the Dominican Republic find themselves stripped of their citizenship in Stateless. Since colonial rule, there have been racial tensions between the nations of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, both of which share the island of Hispaniola. In 2013, the Dominican Constitutional Court […]

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Queen of the Morning Calm – Canadian Film Fest 2020

A Toronto sex worker hopes for a better life for her and her daughter in Queen of the Morning Calm. Debra (Tina Jung) is a 29-year-old Korean-Canadian, who has been working as a stripper while she finishes her studies to become an accountant. However, life is hard for Debra, since she has to care for her […]

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There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace – Hot Docs 2020

The redevelopment of Mirvish Villages kicks off a discussion about gentrification in the city of Toronto in There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace. After being a fixture at the corner of Bloor and Bathurst for over 75 years, David Mirvish makes the decision to sell his father’s landmark department store “Honest Ed’s” to Vancouver condo […]

They Call Me Dr. Miami – Hot Docs at Home

Hot Docs at Home is a Selection of Films from the Postponed 2020 Edition of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival That Will Air Thursdays in April and May on CBC, Documentary Channel, and CBC Gem A Miami plastic surgeon becomes a social media sensation in They Call Me Dr. Miami. Dr. Michael Salzhauer is the […]